When her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs sought justice and found it. His murderer now serves two life sentences with no possibility of parole. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness and anger she couldn't control. After coming to faith, she realized she was being called to seek something infinitely more difficult than justice--forgiveness.
This is an extraordinary true story of grace, mercy and the redemptive power of God to change lives. The reader is swept along with Laurie as she undergoes the life changing transformation of becoming a Christian. As she studies Scripture, seeing God redeeming losses and healing deep wounds time and time again, she starts to understand that her own healing would require her to love her enemy in a real, practical way.
Using her incredible correspondence with the man who killed her father, Laurie reveals a compelling journey of transformation, not only in her life, but in the lives of those whom many would call irredeemable.
Letters from My Father's Murderer is for any audience Christian or secular who Craves freedom from the inability to forgive those who've caused them harm. Wants to hear testimony of God's power in our obedience. Has experienced pain through other's sin against them. Needs to know healing is always possible.
The real story here is not primarily about murder and its fallout, but rather about redemption and how far it can reach.
“Captivating. Heart-stopping. Soul-searching. Honest. Challenging. All of these words describe Letters from My Father’s Murderer. As the mother of a convicted murderer, I understand the painful process of writing out of the depths of raw emotions, combined with the goal of using the truth to help set people free. If you long to understand and experience true forgiveness, don’t miss this book. It will give you renewed hope, fresh faith, and a platform upon which you can build redemption, restoration, and a new kind of normal.”
“In Letters From My Father’s Murderer, Laurie Coombs weaves an intriguing true story; one that captivated me from page one. This story of forgiveness, redemption, restoration, repentance is full of real and raw emotion that brings the reader to a place where they feel as if parts of their own life—their own need for forgiveness or need to extend forgiveness—is uncovered and exposed. Though not all of us have experienced the horror of losing a loved one to murder, we all deal with our own dark corners of our hearts. Laurie’s motives to extend forgiveness and look through the ‘lens of the gospel’ will echo in my heart for many moments to come.”
“This is a story of redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Truthfully, I could not put the book down. I found Laurie’s vulnerability, authenticity, and rawness refreshing. I know that this book will lead many to God’s grace, not only to learn forgiveness, but to find forgiveness. Read this book carefully; you will probably discover some lies buried in your own heart.”
“There is no easy fix for life’s most devastating circumstances. I’m grateful to Laurie Coombs for finding the courage to share from the heart about her loss and how her newfound faith in God gave her the strength to endure. If you are currently facing uncertainty or the unthinkable—I encourage you to pick up a copy of Letters from My Father’s Murderer and be encouraged. Truly!”
“I stand amazed! As I finished this book about the journey of a daughter seeking to forgive her father's killer, I was overwhelmed at the mercy and grace of God who transformed not only the daughter but the murderer as well. Letters from My Father's Murderer examines the darkness within all of our hearts and exposes how light can shine brightly, even in the darkest places, when we seek to find the truth. The real truth. Whether we live in suburbia or peek through twelve-foot barbed wire fences to the outside world, the power of Jesus can set us free.”
“As a Pastor, people come into your office seeking advice. You can only hope that what you offer and the small part you play will be used to the Glory of God and their joy. In the pages before you have just that. It doesn't come easy or without struggle but Laurie has penned her struggle of forgiveness in hopes that maybe it can help you do the same, to the Glory of God and your joy.”
“Laurie truly is a living, breathing example that God does work all things together for good to those who truly love Him and surrender their lives, their hurts, and their circumstances to Him. In Letters to My Father’s Murderer, Laurie invites the reader to journey with her through her pain, her confusion, her questions, and her anger toward the man who murdered her father, and the transforming process God led her through to find true forgiveness and ultimate peace. The road was not easy, but what Laurie discovered is that God’s love never fails. That true transformation comes as we submit ourselves to God by faith in Jesus. She is a true example of a woman who chose not only to hear the Word of God but to do what is says—laying down her life, her temporary comforts, and her pain, to seek redemption not only for herself but also for others. Through it all, she is now able to take the blessings which God so graciously poured out to her as she kept her eyes on Him throughout her journey, and to bring them forth to bless others and encourage them in their journey of forgiveness, of trusting God, and surrendering all to Him. It is a shining testimony that nothing is impossible with God and that Jesus truly came to redeem mankind to Himself. His desire is to set you free! If you have been wounded and struggle with forgiveness, this book is for you. It is truly transformational.”